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:05. news 4's angie goff at the live desk. >>> breaking news out of vatican city. the vatican confirms that pope benedict will resign on february 28th. the vatican confirming this information. he made a statement in latin during a small event saying that he does not have the strength anymore. the vatican did not offer any more explanation but once again this breaking news out of vatican city that pope benedict will resign as of february 28th. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> thank you, angie. president obama will honor a hero from the war in afghanistan. he'll award this man the medal of honor. he and his fellow soldiers battled hundreds of taliban fighters for more than 12 hours in 2009. eight americans died. romesha will be the only third living member to receive the medal of honor. >>> authorities in california are preparing for another day of searching for a suspected killer. police in los angeles are offering $1 million for information on christopher dorner, an ex-police officer accused of murdering three people. officers surrounding a home improvement store yesterday aft
for the church for something like this to happen. a vatican spokesman said the pope deserves respect for making such a personal and courageous decision. the pope's resignation sets the stage for a new papal election. vatican officials hope to elect a new pope in time for holy week at the end of march. pope benedict had big shoes to fill in 2005 when cardinals chose him to succeed john paul ii. one of his biggest tasks was responding to the priest sexual abuse scandal. >> indeed, i am deeply sorry. >> reporter: pope benedict issued an apology to victims and said the church made serious mistakes. today the pontiff called his choice reresign "a decision of great importance for the life of the church" and said he will dedicate the rest of his life to prayer. contend, to replace him include the archbishops of vienna and milan, cardinal timothy dolan of new york is a long shot. >> what happens next at the vatican? >> reporter: what happens next is that the vatican will announce a date for the conclave which is when the world's voting cardinals will come
, including pope benedict's stunning decision to step down. two longtime vatican watchers join us with inside details, at least as inside as you can get when covering the pope. >>> and later, as terrifying a view as you ever want to see. take a look at this video. we'll take you where a string of tornado hit, show you the damage they did. incredible pictures there. we'll be right back. i found a powerful new way to cut out arthritis pain. [ male announcer ] icy hot arthritis lotion. powerful encapsulated menthol gets icy to dull pain, hot to relax it away. power past pain. >>> a lot's happened since the year 1415, but one thing has not, not once. in those 598 years, six centuries, 59 leaders of the roman catholic church have reigned and not one has resigned. since the year 1450, not one single pope has left the vatican without also leaving this world. that is until today. according to the "new york times," this morning at the vatican, speaking in latin to a small gathering of cardinals, pope benedict xvi simply said he's too old and frail to continue leading the church. the spokesman said the
later on today. >>> 5:11. we continue to follow breaking news from the vatican where the pope has announced he is stepping down. you can see many people at the vatican on the plaza gathering. also, digging out. the clean-up begins after a massive storm slams the east coast. >> and two men rescued after their car plunges down a cliff. what a witness said he saw before that car went over that cliff. coming up. [ male announcer ] pillsbury grands biscuits. delicious. but say i press a few out flat... add some beef sloppy joe sauce... and cheese fold it all up and boom! i just made an unbeatable unsloppy joe pillsbury grands biscuits. let the making begin. [ male announcer ] listen to this symphony of flavor: crrkkhshziiiizzlllee. beautiful. shhhhshshshshhshshhhhhsshhhshs. gorgeous! here comes the crescendo. kkerrrrbbuuuuuucraaackkk. just...incredible. pillsbury toaster strudel. if beethoven made breakfast. the accident happened yesterday afternoo ilton >>> a corvette goes off a cliff in the east san jose foothills yesterday afternoon on the mount hamilto
that being able to resign was acceptable and made this part of the statement released from the vatican, both strength of mind and body is necessary, and lots of questions, of course. we know the date he would be stepping down, which would be february 28th. many questions about why now? mep notice that the pope is much more frail in recent months, and the question would be unbelie unbelievably unusual. let's go to nic robertson joining us by phone. nic, lots of questions. nic live in london this morning. a bit of a stunner. was there any indication that this resignation was coming? >> absolutely none whatsoever, and the last few months, the pope started a twitter account, not what you expect the pope to do when he would say his pope is deteriorating. the pope has looked deep into his conscience, this is a personal and profound decision that he has made with god in light of the responsibilities he has. and the other thing we heard from the papal spokesperson, which is interesting, because the question, is it the pope's physical health or mental health that pushed him into this position? we hav
is not up to all the duties of being the head of a family. >> the vatican stressing there's no specific medical condition that led to the resignation but the pope's advancing age. he has cut up to on his travel and moves down the aisle on a moving platform, sometimes using a cane. when he was elected nearly eight years after, benedict became the oldest pope chosen in 300 years. we have live coverage from rome. reporter: greg, this was a shock because it simply is not done. it's something that can be don't and pope benedict xvi had alluded to some friends he might resign at some point if he felt he couldn't happen the job. -- couldn't handle the job. as you mentioned, this was something that didn't happen on twitter, and the 85-year-old pontiff has begun tweeting which was a joy for many people because he is renowned for his intellect. but the announcement was made today. some catholics have said they're actually feeling let down. others have said they believe that he has wonderful courage to do what he felt was the right thing to do because the position requires not only so much physica
thompson has made her way to the vatican tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. first, some news about the pope's health. we learned today that three months ago, the pope underwent surgery to replace a battery in his pacemaker. the vatican officials say that pacemaker was inserted into the pope's heart before he became the pontiff. i asked a vatican spokesperson if that surgery had anything to do with the pope's decision to step down. he said no, that decision was made almost a year ago after the pope returned from his visit to cuba and mexico. now, since the shock of the decision has worn off, people here at the vatican are beginning to see the clues they missed to monday's stunning announcement. for example, why is there all this construction work going on at a monastery here at the vatican and who is going to live there? the answer is that is where pope benedict is going to make his retirement home. tomorrow, the pope will hold his weekly audience, and then later in the day, he will preside over ash wednesday mass, marking the beginning of lent. that mass was
longtime vatican watchers join us with details. >>> and later, as terrifying a view as you ever want to see. take a look at this video. we'll take you where a string of tornado hit, show you the damage they did. >>> and again, we're expkting the chicago police to make a statement short ly in the case f two suspects in custody. we'll be right back. [ kitt ] you know what's impressive? a talking car. but i'll tell you what impresses me. a talking train. this ge locomotive can tell you exactly where it is, what it's carrying, while using less fuel. delivering whatever the world needs, when it needs it. ♪ after all, what's the point of talking if you don't have something important to say? ♪ i took something for my sinuses, but i still have this cough. [ male announcer ] a lot of sinus products don't treat cough. they don't? [ male announcer ] nope, but alka seltzer plus severe sinus does it treats your worst sinus symptoms, plus that annoying cough. [ breathes deeply ] ♪ oh, what a relief it is! [ angry gibberish ] [ breathes deeply ] ♪ oh, what a relief it is! a hybrid? most are just n
to step down. two longtime vatican watchers join us with details. >>> and later, as terrifying a view as you ever want to see. take a look at this video. we'll take you where a string of tornado hit, show you the damage they did. incredible pictures there. we'll be right back. and kept turning the page, writing the next chapter for the rx and lexus. this is the pursuit of perfection. writing the next chapter for the rx and lexus. i have obligations. cute tobligations, but obligations.g. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. we're dedicated to getting you back on track from identity theft. to protect you from being a victim in the first place, we have specialists for that, too.
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for instructions to come down from the vatican. that should be happening. but, again, he said he was just as surprised as everybody, and a a lot of folks that have passed by here, one woman saying, make sure you tell people pope benedict was a good pope, is a good pope. another man was also startled, worried that, in fact, our presence here suggested that perhaps it was more than just frail health, that, in fact, perhaps he had passed. not the case. he has just decided to step down. again, the news filtering to all of his cardinals, his archbishop, everybody in the catholic church, taking many by surprise today. chris? >> deb, thank you for that. please say with us. you and i have covered what may have been this pope's high point, the trip to the united states. it was such a re-invigoration point for so many of america's catholics. this latest sparks suspicions. why now? is there anything lurking there? is there ha secret? very little happens at the vatican that's a surprise. people know. he is 85 years old now, pope benedict. he says in his own statement that for some months he's been lo
officials hope to elect a news pope before easter. danielle nottingham has the latest from the vatican. >> reporter: the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> perhaps it will be good to have a black pope. >> i'm have south america, from venezuela, and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they're from, as long as they're wel open thelogically to welcoming in as many people into the church as possible. >> reporter: names are surfacing. cardinal peter turkson from ghana, could be the first black pope. cardinal sand ri of argentina is considered the top candidate from latin america. and andrew skoala is considered one of the strongest european candidates. pope benedict is stepping down because the 85-year-old says he no longer has the physical or mental strength to lead. >> reporter: the vatican just disclosed that pope benedict received a pacemaker before he became leader of the catholic chu
is uncharted territory for the vatican and the questions leaders will need to answer for catholics. >> okay, cate. a stranded cruise ship finally on the move from sleeping on deck to fighting for food. the filthy conditions passengers are now enduring. akes effect at the end of this month.. here's a live look at the vatican. k-p-i-x five's cate cauguiran is at st. mary's catherdral in san fran oday's >>> welcome back. pope benedict's historic resignation takes effect at the end of the month. this is vatican city. a lot of people are gathering outside st. peter's basilica. kpix 5's cate caugiran is at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco with more on today's mass. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it's benedict's last ash wednesday mass as pope. it's the beginning of the solemn lengthen season for catholics today. as parishioners here at st. mary's cathedral show up for mass, there are sill a lot of un-- still a lot of unanswered questions in the vatican. >> in this lenten season christ once again knocks at our door and invites us to open our minds a
announcement telling vatican cardinals that he will resign at the end of this month. >> after nearly eight years in office the 85-year-old pope says he's no longer strong enough to do the job. reaction is pouring in from around the world and we begin our coverage with alan pizzey in vatican city. >> reporter: good morning. the announcement took a lot of people by surprise yet it is said the pope had discussed this two weeks ago with two or three people who are very close to him. the pope said he made this decision after long and careful consideration and prayer and thought. in his statement announcing it he said, i have come to the certainty that my strptength, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to the adequate exercise of the petrine ministry meaning he's too tired to go on. the papal spokesman said there was no specific illness that they know of he's not in danger of dying tomorrow or anything but he's just decided it was time to go. he will resign at 8:00 p.m. rome time on february the 28th. afterwards, there will be a conclave of cardinals. they will try
took home all the hardware at last night's grammys. >> and breaking news from the vatican. pope benedict xvi says he is resigning and is the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. we'll tell you why this comes as a surprise. well, well, well. growing up, we didn't have u-verse. we couldn't record four shows at the same time. in my day, you were lucky if you could record two shows. and if mom was recording her dumb show and dad was recording his dumb show then, by george, that's all we watched. and we liked it! today's kids got it so good. [ male announcer ] get u-verse tv for just $19 a month for 1 year when you bundle tv and internet. rethink possible. >> [ pope speaking latin ] >> stunning news from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning. >> it's the first time a pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. >> his health. the last pope to freely resign was in the 13th century. ♪ [ music ]♪ >> stars and surprises on music's biggest night of the year. >> no bare breasts, no thongs, no see-through clothing but apparently, not everyone got the memo. >
the pope's decision to step down. and there has been at least in vatican terms wild politicking going on amongst the other cardinals, something they are not supposed to do. the big question, who will be the next pope? could he be from africa? we'll get to that in a couple minutes. >>> first, let's talk about the state of the union. next hour president obama will make the first of three stops to drum up support for the new initiatives he laid out in his e speech last time. he will be traveling to north carolina, georgia, and chicago. "the new york times" called his speech asserttive. politico, aggressive. the president insisted we need a smarter government, not a smaller government. it was the economy that dominated the speech including a call to elevate the middle class. >> it is our generation's task to reignite the true engine of america's economic growth. a rising, thriving middle class and that's why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all those willing to climb them. a growing economy that greats middle class jobs, that must be the north star tha
from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning at the end of the month. >>> a massive tornado tears through mississippi, causing major damage to the university. >>> mumford was the word at last night's grammys. and mike piazza is here since the baseball hall of fame snubbed him. >>> but we begin this morning's today "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> this is major news coming out of the vatican. >> breaking news, pope benedict xvi set to step down. >> he'll step down february 28 the last pope to freely resign within the 13th century. >>> what a tornado. it's going to cross the interstate. it crossed the interstate. >> at least 15 tornadoes were reported in alabama and mississippi. >>> a huge twister. >> several buildings on the southern university of mississippi campus hit. >> this is surreal. >>> meanwhile thousands are still without power after the massive snowstorm hit the northeast. >> there are reports another big storm is coming. are you ready for that. >> i don't even want to think about it to tell you the truth. >>> a million-dollar awa
of the vatican and a surprise, unusual development. the pope is stepping down. we will have more coming up. >> a string of burglaries and two san materimattel neighborhoods. we will have more. >> plus we will have the latest on the search for christopher dorner. >> we're talking temperatures nearing 70 thursday into friday. today upper 50s low 60s. it is really the extended forecast that is interesting. sunshine and dry weather to go around for the next several days. more on what to expect coming up in my next report. >> it is still a pretty, right in the bay area. no hot spots or delays. >> big move, just hours ago something that hasn't happened in almost 600 years, and a boat is resigning. pope benedictus 16 an ounce in vatican city that he plans to resign at the end of the month. >> i can tell you that he met with the cardinals in rome this morning. he announced them and latin first. we have the translation for you and i can tell you he said in part. after having repeatedly examine my conscience before god, i've come before certain see that my strength due to an advanced age are no long
from deborah feyerick in new york. but first, straight to cnn's senior vatican analyst john allen, live for me in rome right now. john, i mean, it sounds like the pope left the vatican scrambling. will they have a successor in the 17 days when the pope is stepping down? >> reporter: hi, brooke. well, as you can probably see over my shoulder, we have got a rainy night tonight in rome. and just as this rain came out of a clear blue sky earlier today, so too did the announcement that benedict xvi would be stepping down. i'll tell you how shocked people around here were. i was scheduled to have lunch today with the very senior vatican official, a guy who works just down the hall from pope benedict xvi. and about an hour before he and i were to get into a cab to go to a roman restaurant, we were both scrambling. this was a decision that benedict xvi played very close to the vest. you asked, will there be a successor? sure there will. the decision becomes official at 8:00 p.m. rome time on february 28th, at which point the vatican will enter the sede vacante, when the throne of peter is vacan
the vatican naming pope benedict, previously northern as cardinal ratzinger as a defendant. as cardinal ratzinger served as the head of the powerful congregation for the doctrine of the faith, an office known in earlier years as the inquisition. church records indicate ratzinger was aware of father murphy's abuse, yet murphy remained a priest until his death in 1998. of course, murphy was just the tip of the iceberg. in fact, as the documentary reports, from 2001 on, every single priest sexual abuse case came directly to ratzinger. >> as a result of terry's lawsuit, documents were uncovered revealing the role of rome in the worldwide sex abuse scandal that caught the attention of "the new york times." >> these documents seemed to turn the whole story that we had been writing all these years on its head. up until then, what we thought was that american bishops were at fault. with these documents, for the first time we saw communication between american bishops and in particular the office run by then cardinal ratzinger in which the american bishops are pleading with officials in the vati
you to washington and wolf blitzer. >>> happening now, a vatican bombshell felt around the world. the pope resigns. life on high alert in southern california right now where there's a million dollar reward for the ex-police officer suspected of multiple murders. and stunning revelations about the death of osama bin laden from the u.s. navy s.e.a.l. who took him out. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> all that coming up, but there's also developments happening right now in southern california. frayed nerves and a cold trail, as investigators search for the fired los angeles police officer christopher dorner who's declared war on the police, now wanted in the murders of three people. we're standing by for a news conference. the prosecutor is going to be giving us new information. let's check in with cnn's miguel marquez in los angeles for an update. do police have any serious clues right now? >> reporter: it's not for lack of trying. they are trying to create those clues. they say they have 600 clues that hundreds of investig
conference minutes ago, the vatican saying the pope is not suffering from any specific disease. he just doesn't feel he has the strength to continue. and the pope has been thinking about resignation for a year. lots of names mentioned as possibilities to replace him. today, we have an idea of when the new pope will replace him. following developments live from vatican city. what have be learned in the news conference? >> reporter: good morning, john. in fact, father frederico lombardi is holding the news conference, and providing a few details. not a whole lot new. a few bits of information that are helping us to figure out what is going to happen here in the next few days. one of the things he said is that as you mentioned that there was no specific illness involved in the pope's decision to resign. he did say that the pope had had his pacemaker battery replaced recently. a normal operation, no problems. some of the italian press speculating that perhaps there was a problem with that operation. and another thing that they talked about was the idea that the pope's last general audience will b
in a top secret ceremony at the vatican. we know it will be hosted by ryan seacrest. i would love to be considered. i have ample experience lying around in robes and being irrelevant. i'm sorry, that was in appropriate. i'm done talking now. >> someone is always in our war room. check us out on line at current.com/thewar, rules. link up and check out our exclusive web i canes. thanks for joining us. have a great night. welcome to the "the young turks." well, it looks like we're going to get a new pope. why is the old pope leaving? a little bit of controversy. we'll have both sides for you on whether he's leaving for the right reasons for the i don't think reasons. and then do you remember the guy who shot osama bin laden. >> bin-laden was confronted by the navy seals in his bedroom. his youngest wife by his side. >> the guy who shot him is not getting any health benefits from the u.s. military. outrageous. then we'll go inside the fiscal cliff to tell what you happened. >> he said i'm giving you $100 billion in tax revenue what do i get for it? the president said nothing. >> all r
the vatican where ash wednesday mass is just beginning. >>> where's the dividing line? some people in our area will see snow tonight. others just rain. tom huron tells you where you'll see what. good morning and welcome to news4 midday. i'm keith russell. >> and i'm barbara harrison. >>> right now no vatican city, pope benedict is presiding over ash wednesday mass, said to be his last public mass with cardinals as pontiff. his ceremony is beginning now with a procession to st. peters villica. the 85-year-old told his audience this morning that he's simply not strong enough physically or spiritually to continue. it's for the good of the church, he said. pope benedict will spend his final day attending a ceremony with those cardinals. >>> now to the rain and snow headed this way. the clouds are already making it very glum outside. what you need to know with the latest storm. >> it's coming from the west. right now the storm team 4 radar showing stri ining sprinkles tr reach the ground. a lot of them not reaching the ground. the areas in white, the left of your screen, in west virginia. viewers w
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in prison. >> pelley: dean, thank you. the vatican said today that pope benedict will have nothing to say about the election of his successor next month. the pope ordered this former convent in vatican city renovated. it will be his retirement home. and we learned today that the pope has been living with a pacemaker since before he was elected pope. we'll be back in just a moment. ♪ ♪ [ slap! ] [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium-rich tums starts working so fast you'll forget you had heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums ♪ [ alarm clock ringing ] [ female announcer ] if you have rheumatoid arthritis, can you start the day the way you want? can orencia help? could your "i want" become "i can"? talk to your doctor. orencia reduces many ra symptoms like pain, morning stiffness and progression of joint damage. it's helped new ra patients and those not helped enough by other treatments. do not take orencia with another biologic medicine for ra due to an increased risk of serious infection. serious side effects can
. the vatican announced today the pope is resigning. pope benedict the 16th says his advanced age and deteriorating health in the past few months as in the month. >> the manhunt for the former l.a. cop accused of killing three people continues this morning. the latest on the search for christopher dorner , straight ahead. today we are around the seasonal average. the warming trend for all locations will be for the next couple of days. thursday into friday temperatures will be flirting with the 70 degree mark. >> i will look to your 7 day around the bay in my next report. >> not tracking any hot spot good conditions around the bay area here is the bay bridge. and my would ba a moderp with 16 minute drive times. >> the commute looks good for your ride on the peninsula and for the north bay. mark. >> the big announcement coming from the vatican announcing the pope is resigning. pope benedictus extinct says his advanced age in deteriorating health in the past few months contributed to his decision to step aside at the end of the month. >> this is an historic move. the last zero to res
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than any other nation. the highest percentages of catholics can be found unsurprisingly at the vatican. 9 9%. the state with the second highest percentage of catholics, 98% is 7,700 miles away from st. peter's. thanks to all of you for being part of my program this week. i will see you next week. stay tuned for "reliable sources." >>> the networks were all geared up for that big washington event, the state of the union. the pundits all suited up to analyze what barack obama was going to say and then -- >> we're focusing on two people tonight. this guy, christopher dorner and the president of the united states. one is giving his state of the union address and the other is, perhaps, in that burning cabin. >> should the cable news channels spent so much time on that fatal california shootout with a cop killer? >>> as for the republican response, the moment everyone was talking about. >> some are jokingly calling it water, yes, watergate. >> seriously, why was the water so far away? it makes no sense. >> at that point, it's better to have no water. >> why was the press so upset with marco
resignation. joining me is our senior vatican analyst john allen. good morning, john. >> reporter: carol, good to be with us. >> so the replacement of the pope's pacemaker had nothing to do with his resignation? kind of hard to believe. >> reporter: nothing may be overselling it. there was no indication the pope was having eminent heart problems but obviously he himself had suggested that his age and diminishing strength and concerns about his long-term health were in the mix year, and his heart problems undoubtedly part of that. friends who worked with then cardinal joseph ratzinger in the vatican knew that but prior to that no one knew. popes don't face the same pressure to reveal medical records ads presidents or presidential candidates and i would suggest that today's revelation may well add some pressure that some cardinals are already feeling to be more concerned about potential health problems of men that may be considering to succeed benedict xvi. >> john allen reporting live from the vatican. >>> today in chicago two gang members are due in court charged with the murder that has becom
is in vatican city with that for us. when we were checking in with you earlier, the pope was just arriving. so what did he say and how did he look? >> reporter: he looked reasonably good. he delivered about a 20 minute message and began by talking about the fact that he was going to be leaving the church. he thanked the audience, the people that had gathered for this regular papal audience. in fact the pilgrims that had gathered for their support and their love as he put it. he was certain the church would continue and he would like the pilgrims to pray for him and his successor. and then he went into the lenten message, the temptation of christ, 40 days in the wilderness and that the basis of the christian celebration of lent. he received tumultuous applause every time he mentioned it and also sustained applause at the end of his remarks this morning. so i would say he appeared buoyed up by the support he was getting. >> we're learning who are about his health. he recently underwent surgery. what are the details of that and do we know if that influenced his decision to step down? >> reporter:
" starts right now. >>> "outfront" next, shocking announcement out of the vatican today. >>> plus a power struggle in the republican party. in the end, who will be the voice of the gop? somebody might die in this fight. will rubio win or somebody like rand? >> and ted nugent has been invited to attend tomorrow's state of the union address. we have a preview of what he might say in a special report. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. everyone. i'm erin burnett. toght, the fourth most powerful man in the world resigns. pope benedict xvi surprised many of his 1.2 billion fall ors worldwide when he said he was going to step down at the end of the month, and the reason, his age. nearly one in four americans identifies as catholic. according to the church, the catholic population worldwide has about 15 million members in 2010. the latest year for which there was data. about 17% of the planet is catholic. now, a church is believed to be the third largest landowner in the world, so it's hard to estimate what the church owns and what it's worth. economists estimate annual spending just by the
. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weather. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. snow showers around fargo and the twin cities. morning rain from new orleans to the caroline aas and d.c. rain changing over from snow from philly to new york. >> forts from boston to baltimore. 50s from atlanta to dallas and 50s in the pacific northwest. >>> we know at least one thing for sure coming up with this next video. this is definitely not from your recent skiing vacation. check this guy out. he's a swedish skier taking part in a big mountain event in switzerland. >> it is definitely not me. everything is going fine until he triggers an avalanche. no problem. then he just pulls off a back flip as the snow encasing him down that mountain. he outruns it and safely finishes his trip to the bottom. >> wow! ride a wave, ride an avalanche. >> that was definitel
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